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Boko Haram 'under siege' as Nigeria rescues 178 hostages

Maiduguri - Nigeria's military said Monday it had "besieged" Boko Haram positions in the Islamist militant group's northeastern heartland after setting free 178 hostages, mainly women and children.

Boko Haram fighters kill 13 in attack in NE Nigeria: Witnesses

Maiduguri - Boko Haram fighters killed 13 people in an attack on Malari village in northeast Nigeria's restive Borno state early Sunday, witnesses said.

Benin sends 800 troops to fight Boko Haram

Cotonou - Benin's President Thomas Boni Yayi announced he will send 800 troops to join a new multinational force tasked with fighting Boko Haram militants after meeting with his Nigerian counterpart Muhammadu Buhari Saturday.

Nigeria attacks kill 16 as force chief promises to crush Boko Haram

Kano - A female suicide bomber and Boko Haram gunmen killed 16 people in Nigeria as the commander of a new multinational force tasked with fighting the Islamists pledged on Friday to crush the insurgency "very soon".

Over 100 militants killed in anti-Boko Haram operation: Chad army

Ndjame - At least 100 jihadist fighters have been killed in an operation against Boko Haram Islamists holed up on the islands of Lake Chad, the Chadian army said in a statement Friday.

Nigeria suicide bomber kills six as military hit Boko Haram hard

Kano - A female suicide bomber on a tricycle killed six people Friday in a new attack on a market in Maiduguri, witnesses said, as Nigeria and its neighbours finalise a force to fight Boko Haram.

Nigeria names head of regional force to fight Boko Haram

Abuja - Nigeria named the head of a new multinational force created to fight Boko Haram jihadists carrying out a wave of attacks, as the country's outgoing defence chief of staff warned its military was underfunded and poorly equipped.

Nigeria army frees more than 50 women, children held by Boko Haram

Maiduguri - Nigeria's army said Thursday it had set free 59 people held by Boko Haram, among them 29 women and 25 children, amid an ongoing offensive against the Islamist group in the country's restive northeast.

Boko Haram 'slits throats of 10 fishermen' near Lake Chad

Kano - Boko Haram Islamists slit the throats of 10 fishermen in villages near Baga on the shores of the Lake Chad in northeastern Nigeria, a leading fisherman and a resident said Thursday.

Nigeria's Buhari in Cameroon to discuss Boko Haram fight

Yaound - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari arrived in neighbouring Cameroon on Wednesday for talks on how to combat the escalating regional threat from Boko Haram Islamists.

Nigerian army frees dozens of women, children from Boko Haram

Abuja - Nigeria's army said Tuesday it had liberated 30 hostages held by Boko Haram, including 21 children and seven women, amid ongoing offensives against the extremists in the country's northeast.

Chadian forces in 'major' hunt for Boko Haram on Lake Chad

Ndjame - The Chadian army has launched a "major operation" to flush out Boko Haram jihadists from islands in Lake Chad, sparking violent clashes between soldiers and the Islamic State-affiliated group.

Nigeria beating polio, Africa closer to eradicating disease

Nigeria hit a major milestone — one year with no new polio cases. The country that had the greatest number of cases in the world is poised to eliminate the disease, which paralyzes children, from its borders.

Boko Haram blamed for killing 'at least 25' in NE Nigeria

Maiduguri - At least 25 people were killed in new suspected Boko Haram attacks in northeastern Nigeria, with many villagers also forced to flee their homes, residents said Saturday.

50+ dead in Cameroon, Nigeria as Buhari warns U.S. over Boko Haram

Kano - Suspected Boko Haram attacks left more than 50 people dead on Wednesday, after Nigeria's president warned the United States that its policy was hitting the fight against Boko Haram.

Nigeria's Buhari says US arms ban aids Boko Haram

Washington - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari warned Washington on Wednesday that a US refusal to arm his troops because of "so-called human rights violations" only helps Boko Haram.

Nigeria's Buhari vows to recover 'stolen' oil money

Abuja - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged to recover "mind-boggling" amounts of stolen oil money and bring those responsible to book, his spokesman said on Wednesday.

Biafra casts long shadow over Nigeria, nearly 50 years on

Lagos - Its name is synonomous with the declaration of independence and updates on the brutal conflict that followed, but nearly 50 years after Nigeria's civil war, Radio Biafra is again making headlines.

Two killed in Boko Haram raid on army chief's village: Residents

Kano - Suspected Boko Haram gunmen have raided the village of Nigeria's army chief in northeast Borno state, killing two residents and setting fire to several homes, residents said.

Obama woos Nigeria's Buhari after historic election

Washington - Barack Obama welcomed Nigeria's freshly elected president to the White House on Monday, lending a personal endorsement after the country's first ever democratic transition.

Three police killed in NE Nigeria bomb blast: police, witness

Kano - Three police officers were killed in a bomb blast during a vehicle search at a checkpoint outside the northeast Nigerian city of Damaturu on Monday, police and a witness said.

Kenya 'homecoming' to cap Obama Africa charm offensive

Washington - Barack Obama will make a first US presidential pilgrimage to his father's homeland of Kenya this week, the capstone of a weeklong overture to Africa taking in three key nations.

Three girls blow themselves up in deadly Nigeria attacks

Kano - Three girls staged suicide bombings in the Nigerian city of Damaturu, killing at least 13 people as residents prepared for the Eid festival at the end of Ramadan, police said.

13 dead as triple attacks hit northeast Nigeria

Kano - At least 13 people were killed Friday in triple blasts in the northeastern Nigerian city of Damaturu as residents prepared to celebrate the Eid festival marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Twin blasts hit market in NE Nigeria, 'nearly 50 killed'

Kano - At least 49 people were killed and dozens injured when twin blasts struck a market in the northeast Nigerian city of Gombe on Thursday, rescue workers said.

Nigeria's Buhari replaces military brass as Boko Haram strikes

Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday sacked his entire military top brass, as Boko Haram militants mounted deadly attacks against civilians in Nigeria's remote northeast and their first suicide bombing in Cameroon.

Boko Haram attacks kill 17 in Chad, Nigeria

Ndjame - A Boko Haram suicide bombing in a crowded market in Chad's capital killed 15 people, just days after the militant group claimed a previous bombing in the city that left 38 people dead.

Boko Haram suspected in Chad, Nigeria suicide attacks

Ndjame - At least 15 people were killed in a suicide bomb attack at a crowded market in Chad's capital on Saturday just days after Boko Haram claimed a previous bombing in the city that left 38 people dead.

Boko Haram suspected after suicide attacks in Chad, NE Nigeria

Ndjame - At least 14 people were killed in a suicide bomb attack at a crowded market in Chad's capital on Saturday just days after Boko Haram claimed a previous bombing in the city that left 38 people dead.

12 dead in Nigeria oil pipeline explosion: Italy's Eni

Rome - An accidental explosion on an oil pipeline In Nigeria operated by Italian energy giant Eni left 12 people dead and three injured, the company said in a statement Friday.
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